Loveland Living Planet Aquarium has a fun, new Halloween Event. It is called Halloween on the High Seas, and this year (2022) it has a “Carnival” theme. The event takes place outside under the huge stage (EECO) and runs through October. Halloween on the High Seas at Loveland Living Planet Aquarium is made for families.
We visited Halloween on the High Seas on a warm night in mid-October. After we’d gotten tickets, we were ushered up the steps and immediately met several actors playing the parts of pirates or carnies. There were several fun carnival games, which were included in the price of admission. Our boys enjoyed ringing the bell, throwing baseballs at metal jugs, skee-ball, and a few others. Amongst these games were several small shops and a few food trucks. Our favorite was the licorice vendor, so make sure to look for it!
There are a lot of fun events for kids at Halloween on the High Seas. We visited a small spook alley that wasn’t too spooky (just a few jump scares). Plenty of kids were enjoying the gentle scares inside. We saw a huge guillotine-like machine called “The Smasher” that obliterated pumpkins, crushing them to juice. There is even a live DJ and kid friendly dancing right under the stage.
One fun aspect of the event was the learning booths, which are free. We visited one booth and learned about plants. Another used the aquarium’s resources to talk about venom and poison and the creatures that use these as defense, and sometimes offense. Make sure to look out for these little information tents, where you can learn a little bit as you enjoy the carnival.
Our favorite part of Halloween on the High Seas were the actors, who walked around the grounds greeting guests. None were scary, and all added to the ambience of the event. We even found a mermaid that fit the pirate them nicely. She was taking pictures with the little ones. Everyone was friendly, and it felt like you were enjoying a fun night at the carnival. They also add trick or treating the last few nights of the event.
The inside aquarium exhibits are not part of the Halloween on the High Seas event. Everything is outside, and the playground is open. This was a unique Halloween adventure, so we will definitely be adding to our Family-Friendly Halloween Activities in Utah list. For current dates and prices, check the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium website.